Sunday, June 27, 2010

Check out these events -- and our ArtsNorth e-calendar!

Our ArtsNorth e-calendar is a great place to learn about upcoming cultural events in the northern New Hampshire region. You can subscribe to the e-calendar -- send an email to --- and it will show up in your box every two weeks during the summer months and every three to four weeks the rest of the year, or you can find a link on our website at Hundreds of events are listed each time the calendar is sent out -- broken down by region -- giving you plenty of opportunities to experience dance, music, theatre, festivals, church suppers, pancake breakfasts, farmers markets, lectures, demonstrations and much more all across the North Country. And, if you have an event that you'd like included send it to Keep reading to learn about several events listed in the Arts North e-calendar that take place this weekend and next. Maybe we'll see you there!

Great music at Graymist Fiddlefest: Pack a picnic, an umbrella and some lawn chairs or blankets and head to the GrayMist Farm on Brown Road in Groveton on Sunday afternoon, June 27, for the first annual GrayMist Fiddlefest. The action gets underway at noon in a field at the GrayMist Farm. Fiddlers of all ages are invited to participate. Featured performers include Hot Flannel, Isley Mist Ceili, the Gary Darling Bluegrass Band, and Scott Campbell with Rick Commo. Get more information and register to play at Emcee for the day is Lee Deyette of East Randolph, VT, who presided over the Stark Fiddlers Contest many times. Please do not bring any glass bottles or containers, as the field where the event is being held is used to feed Nancy and Gordon Gray's cattle, and many people will also be going barefoot during the festival. The event is rain or shine!

Member accomplishment: Late last year, when the Arts Alliance sent out a call to members for artwork for a series of notecards we are producing for our own use and as a fundraiser for the Arts Alliance, one of those who responded was Randy Ayer of Milan. His painting, "Fields of Gold," (above) was chosen for our first notecard in the series that celebrates the North Country and its artists. Sue Gradual, owner of the Old Mill Studio in Whitefield liked Randy's work so much that she has arranged for an exhibit of his paintings at her gallery, which is in the big red building to one side of the Common, just behind the fountain. An opening reception, where you can meet Randy and enjoy music and refreshments, will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 2. The exhibit will run through July.

One of Randy's paintings was also chosen for the Northern Light: Variations on a Theme juried exhibit this spring that was a collaboration of the Arts Alliance, the AVA Gallery in Lebanon and the Old Mill Studio, in conjunction with two concerts given by the Camerata New England chamber ensemble. Twenty-eight outstanding northern New Hampshire artists were chosen for the exhibit, which was displayed first at the AVA Gallery, followed by a month-long showing at the Fiddleheads Gallery in Colebrook. Dozens of people saw the show at both locations, and two pieces in the exhibit were sold!

Celebrate the 4th of July with Art, Music and Food: The Arts Alliance is proud to be a supporting partner of the Whitefield Arts Festival, Sunday, July 4, on the Whitefield Common, from 8 am-3 pm. Enjoy fine arts and contemporary and traditional crafts, demonstrations, food and music. Start the day off with pancakes, syrup and sausages at the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, 8-11 am. Artists, vendors or musical performers who'd like to participate can call Judy at 837-2436 or Sue at 837-8778 for more information.

Rack card is ready to go: We've just produced a handsome full-color rack card for 25 of our member organizations that are involved in the performing arts. On Stage in the White Mountains has listings for music, theatre, festivals, museums and more. We need volunteers to help distribute it throughout the North Country at member sites and at hotels, motels, B&Bs, and other places that tourists and locals visit. Please give me a call at 837-2275 or email me at if you can help, or if you'd like some brochures for your establishment - or know of other businesses that should have some on hand.

Farmers Markets want artists & musicians: Many farmers markets around the region are still looking for artists and musicians to add to their line-up. We've had a request from the Colebrook farmers markets for additional artists to participate and for some musicians who'd like to perform. There are two markets on Saturday mornings and one on Thursday afternoons, so there are plenty of opportunities here to sell your product or display your musical talents. Call Julie Moran at 237-8685 if you're interested.

Let me hear from you: As I mentioned in a previous post, we want to hear from Arts Alliance members who have a special event or program coming up that could use a little more publicity. We'll post information here and send a blast out on our Facebook page. We're looking for out-of-the ordinary programs or individual accomplishments, like Randy Ayer's art exhibit at the Old Mill Studio. We'd also like to hear about artists and entrepreneurs, and about businesses and creative places where you go for inspiration or services.

Happy summer!

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